Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) – Review

October 14, 2013 Review 4 ★★★★

inanutshell2Parasite is a book that you probably don’t want to read while eating. It’s engaging, dark, and deliciously creepy. Fans of her Newsflesh trilogy won’t be disappointed – though it is less action-packed.


Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) – ReviewRelease Date: October 29, 2013
Title: Parasite
Series: Parasitology #1
Author: Mira Grant
Pages: 512
Publisher: Orbit Books
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: A decade in the future, humanity thrives in the absence of sickness and disease.

We owe our good health to a humble parasite - a genetically engineered tapeworm developed by the pioneering SymboGen Corporation. When implanted, the tapeworm protects us from illness, boosts our immune system - even secretes designer drugs. It's been successful beyond the scientists' wildest dreams. Now, years on, almost every human being has a SymboGen tapeworm living within them.

But these parasites are getting restless. They want their own lives...and will do anything to get them.
4 Stars

Mira Grant has become one of my favorite authors because I never know what I’m going to get from her. And while this book had some measure of predictability to it (I guessed the big reveal almost right from the beginning), it didn’t matter. The world building and character development were enough to keep me reading.

In her trademark manner, each chapter was prefaced with text that was relevant but peripheral to the story. There were quotes from unpublished manuscripts, magazine interviews, and even descriptions of research footage from SymboGen’s laboratories. None of it was directly related to Sal’s story as it was being told, but every word was put there for a reason: to give the reader more information about what was happening.

I love this tactic.

But I have to be honest – this book is not going to be for everyone.

In addition to being about TAPEWORMS that TAKE OVER PEOPLE (yes, it really is), it’s actually a pretty slow moving book for the first half or so. But it works for the story. You have to intimately know Sal and how she thinks for this book – this series – to be what it needs to be. So Mira Grant took the time to set it up properly. If you can’t handle detailed and somewhat slow character development, you may not enjoy this book.

Even though it involves killer tapeworms.

I have no idea where the rest of the series is going to go. But I almost think that I kind of side with the parasites. *duck* (DOWN WITH THE EVIL CORPORATION)

What Others Are Saying:

  • The Social PotatoThis book is hauntingly compelling and amazingly creepy. It gives a lot of food for thought when it comes to biotechnology and bioengineering. It sure taught me that not all progress is good progress!
  • Fan Girl with Tea: If you’re really squeamish (and I mean really), you might want to give this book a pass.  It’s never specifically gory in its descriptions of the modified tapeworm, but just the idea of it is enough to give me the willies. But it’s a really effectively written thriller that completely sucked me in.
  • My Friends are Fiction: Parasite is a very unique and engaging book that left me feeling disturbed, squirmy and freaked out–but all in a good way.


4 Responses to “Parasite by Mira Grant (Parasitology #1) – Review”

  1. Celine

    Ew, killer tape worms! That’s so gross and scary. But Mira Grant is one of my favourites too, so I can’t wait to read Parasite (: I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • Mandi Kaye

      I knew I’d love it, because it’s Mira Grant – even though I saw a few people DNF it. It is kind of slow, but that doesn’t bother me if I know it’s going to pay off (and if I’m invested in the characters).

      Definitely worth it.

  2. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader

    Killer Tapeworms. Well, that’s something I can safely say I never expected to find in the synopsis of a novel. That said, I have a sneaking suspicion that I might enjoy this novel despite never having heard of it before or ever having read anything quite like it. I appreciate when authors take the time to develop their characters thoroughly, even when it might have a negative effect on the pacing of the overall story, and I’ve been looking to delve more deeply into the horror and thriller genres as I feel they’re woefully under-represented in fiction. I’ll definitely have to keep my eye out for this one!

    • Mandi Kaye

      Her Newsflesh trilogy were my very first zombie books too. And I adored them – because they weren’t about the zombies. They were about how life was being rebuilt after the zombies. The zombies were just there because they were a part of life in that world (but there was a rather memorable “assassination attempt by zombie” scene in book 2.

      She has this way of taking a subject and writing about it in such a way that she’s not really writing about it, but using it as the catalyst for the *real* story. It’s fantastic.

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